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Hillary Clinton (D)

Hillary Clinton Election 2008

Clinton responds to AHCJ members' questions

Hillary Clinton is among the first candidates to submit answers to the questions you, our members, posed regarding their positions on health care.

Released health care plan? Yes: "American Health Choices Plan"

Health care stance: As First Lady, Clinton introduced a plan for universal health care in 1994, which was defeated. Since the start of her presidential campaign, she has supported reducing health care costs. She has also called for enhanced computerized medical record-keeping and encouraging insurance companies and providers to emphasize prevention of illness, rather than treatment.

Health care plan highlights:

  • A new "Health Choices Menu" of private insurance options offered to all Americans as part of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Americans could also choose from public care options similar to Medicare.
  • A refundable tax credit to working families to buy health coverage, which will be designed to prevent premiums from exceeding a percentage of family income.
  • A health care tax credit for small businesses. 

On Food and Toy Safety:

On Rural Health:

  • In Clinton's Plan for Rural America, the senator highlights improving rural health care as a priority. She also mentions expanding organic food production, promoting local production and distribution of food and ensuring food safety.

On Autism:

Links, articles and more information:

Candidates address the childhood obesity epidemic: The Washington Post asked each presidential candidate to address the childhood obesity epidemic. They were asked the following questions:

  • As president, how would you make the issue of childhood obesity a national health priority?
  • What role do you think the federal government should play in tackling the issue, and how much additional money would you commit to that?
  • Would you support national regulation of food advertising and marketing to children? Why or why not?
  • Would you seek to amend the No Child Left Behind law to mandate physical education in schools and measurements of its progress? Why or why not?  

Speaking at an American Society of Newspaper Editors luncheon in Washington, Clinton laid out a plan for her first 100 days as president. Among the items on the last are signing into legislation bills that President Bush vetoed, including the expansion of SCHIP and the use of embryonic stem cells for research. Read more at the

Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on February 3, where she discussed possible plans for financing her universal health care plan. She also pointed out differences between her plan and Sen. Barack Obama's. Read and watch excerpts from the interview here.

In a Jan. 4, 2007, appearance in New Hampshire, Clinton pledged to create a nationwide, electronic health-recordkeeping system.

During a Chicago speech in mid-December, Clinton pledged that her government would regulate health insurance companies; The Chicago Sun-Times, December 19, 2007.

In a Sept. 23, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Clinton discussed her views on ensuring access to health care for everyone.

Live Webcast: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on "Health Care 2008: Presidential Candidate Forums"
On Oct. 18, 2007, Clinton was interviewed about health care by journalists from ABC News, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The forum was organized by the Federation of American Hospitals and Families USA.

"Clinton's blessing is her curse," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28, 2008
After the New Hampshire democratic debate, Times staff writer Peter Wallsten writes about the seeming focus on Hillary Clinton during the debate, highlighting her struggle to benefit from popular parts of her husband's legacy but distance herself from the unpopular. Clinton, who is leading in the polls, found herself the at the center of many questions posed to other candidates, and in their responses as well.

The Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans: A First Look, Sept. 26, 2007
Karen Davis and Sara Collins, president and vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, review the health plans of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. They point out the similarities in three democratic plans, explaining that all three would expand coverage by pooling risk in large groups, generating efficiencies through employer-based coverage, and building on the success of public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

They find some similarities in the Republicans' plans as well: both Romney and Giuliani would rely on tax incentives to induce consumers to purchase individual insurance coverage--now the weakest part of the insurance market. They would eliminate much state regulation of private insurance, and try to expand coverage without committing to new federal budget outlays.

"Clinton Unveils Health Care Plan," The Associated Press, Sept. 17, 2007

Video: Clinton speaks about health care at the Alliance for Retired Americans 2007 Legislative Conference Sept. 4, 2007

Video: Clinton discusses plan to improve health care quality, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H. August 23, 2007

Clinton shadows nurse on her rounds, USA Today, Aug. 14, 2007

Clinton's first TV ads mention health care, USA Today, Aug. 14, 2007

Clinton speaks at NABJ meeting
Clinton appeared at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists. J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun says, "Never did she look more at home, though, more effortlessly herself, than when counterpunching on health care."

He goes on to explain that a questioner accused her of favoring socialized medicine like that of England and Canada and asked why she would support a program that would be so bad for impoverished black people.

"Oh man, there are so many misrepresentations there I need more time to answer," she said. The notion that she favored socialized medicine was a myth of the right wing, said the candidate whose greatest failure in public life was the defeat of her health care reform plan. That setback, during her husband's first term in office, is credited with helping Republicans seize control of Congress in 1994.

She expounded on the failures of American health care and its need for reform.

Then the swift kick: "See my staff and we'll get you some more information if you're interested in being educated instead of rhetorical," her voice sharpening and rising slightly.

NABJ has posted audio of Clinton's address to the crowd and Q&A session.

The Washington Post's campaign blog mentions the incident, Aug. 9, 2007

"Clinton Cautious on Health Care Reform" Associated Press, June 25, 2007

"Clinton Revisits Health Care and Affordability" The New York Times May 25, 2007

"Clinton promises universal health care if elected"- USA Today March 26, 2007

Video: Lowering Health Care Costs

New Leadership on Health Care, a presidential forum (video)

Democratic presidential candidates speak about AIDS epidemic, June 28, 2007 (video)

Track Clinton's campaign funding at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.